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Dogs Get Jealous Just Like Humans

  • July 26, 2014
  • 2:02 pm
Dogs Get Jealous Just Like Humans

What will a puppy do if its owner both ignores it and showers affection on a lifelike stuffed dog? Push its way between its owner and the toy, raise its tail, push its owner, bite at the toy, and even whine and bark. Whether that amounts to jealousy in the way that humans experience it is up for debate, but scientists studying 36 6-month-old puppies videotaped individually found that the puppies responded in ways that suggest at the very least a “primordial” jealousy also seen in a similar study conducted on human babies, they write at PLoS One. As the New York Times notes, this generally confirms what any dog owner would say, but the question is whether the jealousies are comparable. The researchers think yes, but not everyone is convinced.

“What can be shown is that dogs seem to want an owner’s attention when there is attention being given out,” the author of Inside of a Dog tells the Times. “This study confirms that.”

The dogs did not, however, push for an owner’s attention when it was being directed at a children’s book or plastic jack-o’-lantern pail, reports USA Today. The researchers conclude that the dogs were experiencing some form of jealousy that does not belong solely to the human psyche, one that may stem from early competition for a caregiver’s attention to secure important resources such as food and affection, reports HealthDay via US News & World Report. (Check out how dogs are able to tell if you’re happy.)

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3:26AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014


3:04AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Most of our cats are pretty laid back, except one. She is a busy body and can not stand when one of the others is getting attention. She usually growls at them to "Get away from my person" and then proceeds to butt her way into my lap - (LOL)!!

6:55AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014


3:32AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014


8:52AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

And so do cats, and many other animals get jealous. They have emotions just as we do. Why does this surprise so many people. Are we that arrogant, as a species, to believe just because they don't speak a language WE understand that they are any less intelligent?

1:55PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014


2:07AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

I've seen it. Thanks for an intriguing post.

1:49AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Both my dogs and my cats get jealous of each other, guests, the computer, the phone....

5:26AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

I agree with others here - my two poodle girls show this behaviour when I play or cuddle with one more than the other - even if only for a minute or two! Good article though.............

3:11AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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